Writers Against Covid-19

In the week beginning 17th August, Writers Against Covid-19 will be holding a Crime Week.

WAC-19 was started in March when the UK went into lockdown, as a service to all those who felt depressed and isolated.  A new short story is published every day.  The project has been a great success, with readers around the world and over 100 stories on the website.
This is an excellent way for new writers to reach a global readership while helping those who are struggling with the pandemic.
WAC-19 shall be publishing all suitable stories during Crime Week.  There is no limit on the number of stories writers can send and they can be on any genre within the crime category, up to 2,000 words.  There is more information on the Submissions page at http://www.writerscircle.net

Florida Writers AssociationRoyal Palm Literary Awards competition recognizes extraordinary writing in 27 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions. All entries receive extensive professional feedback.

Submissions are accepted February 1 through April 30

Peace River Center for Writers

The Creative Writing Workshop will be held on March 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, from 2:00-3:00 P.M., Room D-203,  at the FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda.  The college is closed for Spring Break on March 9th.  The teacher will be John Pelot, PRCW President.  FLAC Poet Heidi Reszies will teach the class on March 23rd.  Bring samples of your Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction on a flash drive or hard copy.  There is no fee.

ArtPoems 2020

Art Poems
ArtPoems is a creative collaboration of artists and poets. As a platform for the creation of new art and poetry it adds a unique vision and voice to the Southwest Florida cultural landscape each year. Founded in 2007 by Lorraine Walker Williams and Joe Pacheco, ArtPoems will celebrate its fourteenth year in 2020.
 
Each season ArtPoems artists and poets are paired and exchange art and poetry. The artists create new art works inspired by poetry and the poets write new poems inspired by artwork. New creations emerge from this shared inspiration and collaboration.

Multimedia Stage Presentation
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Reception 7:00pm
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida

CANCELLED Multimedia Stage Presentation
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Reception 7:00pm
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Rush Auditorium
Florida SW College
8099 College Pkwy
Fort Myers, Florida

Gallery
April 2 – 30, 2020
Reception Friday, April 3, 2020 6:00pm
Arts for ACT
2265 First St
Fort Myers, Florida

The Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University
Friday May 15-16, 2020
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

The Eighth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat is our biggest yet! The retreat takes place on the beautiful, serene University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. Based on participant feedback over the years, the retreat has grown from one day to two, with the addition of select master classes and this year, for the first time, a reading by celebrated veteran writer and award-winning poet Brian Turner (Here, Bullet; Phantom Noise; My Life as a Foreign Country). What a way to kick off Central Florida’s most popular writers retreat!

  • Brian’s reading on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 7:00 pm is free and open to the public and takes place in the SLU Boardrooms.

On Friday afternoon we offer master classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and writing for veterans taught by Saint Leo Creative Writing faculty and suitable for experienced writers. Acceptance is determined through manuscript submission and limited to six participants per class. Each master class will include expert craft talks and a writing workshop that focuses on a discussion of your work.  

  • Master Classes take place on Friday, May 15, 2020, from 1:00-4:30 pm on campus. To Apply for a Master Class, see the Master Class tab.

Our full-day retreat on Saturday features up to sixteen hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for veterans, environmental writing and publishing. Classes will focus on lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works and new skills. Also included are a faculty reading and book signing, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants. A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

            Retreat classes are led by a nationally-acclaimed faculty. Along with Brian Turner, visiting faculty include naturalist, memoirist and earth advocate Susan Cerulean (Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change); award-winning poet Yolanda Franklin (Blood Vinyls); creative nonfiction writer Bob Kunzinger (A Third Place: Notes in Nature); Saint Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace; and novelist and founder of Writers in Paradise Sterling Watson (The Committee).

These outstanding writers will be joined by Saint Leo writing faculty members Steve Kistulentz (Panorama; Little Black Daydream); Patrick Crerand (The Paper Life They Lead); veteran writer Brooke King (War Flower: My Life after Iraq); award-winning poet Anne Barngrover (Brazen Creature) and retreat director and founder of YellowJacket Press Gianna Russo (One House Down; Moonflower).

            The Sandhill Writers Retreat is open to writers of all levels who wish to hone the craft and renew the joy of writing. Teachers, students, service members, and the general public are all invited to attend.

To read more detailed information and register online, visit this page:

https://www.saintleo.edu/sandhill-writers-retreat

For additional information contact Director Gianna Russo at gianna.russo@saintleo.edu

WOW flash fiction

WINTER 2020 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Deadline: 02/29/2020

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

The Elephant

“Stories You’ll Never Forget”

the elephantJoin the showcase of oral storytelling performances. We breath new life into this ancient art of one person sharing a story with another. Tellers tell their tantalizing tales. This is HUGE! Unforgettable! Captivating and fun! Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table. Emcee: Dr. Joel Ying

Naples, Florida

The Elephant 5: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Monday, April 6, 2020
7pm – 9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Hall), 701 5th Ave South, Naples, FL 34102
Tickets: $20
Box Office: 239-263-7990

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: January 31, 2020
http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

Open MicThe Spoken Word Open Mic
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Spoken Word Open Mic returns to the Sanibel BIG Arts Strauss Theatre, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Please come to help usher in the second decade of the 21st century of our Second Decade Open Mic…

If you wish to participate, please come early and sign our reader list.
(Door Opens at 7:00…have a glass of wine!)

For for info call Joe Pacheco, M.C.    472-1280